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what is foiling?

Foiling is a specialised technique whereby a thin film of metallic or foil is impressed onto a document using a die (or stamp). It creates elegant, eye-catching results that simply cannot be replicated using standard printing.

Read more about foiling in our blog titled: using foiling to create elegant and sophisticated print.

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behind the scenes - digital press room

The Print Group offer both digital and offset printing services, and today we will take a closer look at our digital press room and why we believe digital is the way of the future!

In our digital press room we currently run a Fuji Xerox Versant 2100 with our Plockmatic 50 booklet maker, and we also have a new Fuji Xerox Colour 1000i Press. Both machines are kept busy with our digital print jobs and offer high quality finishes on all of our projects.

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what are crop marks and bleed?

Crop marks are thin lines placed on the corners of a document, image or artwork layout to indicate where the paper should be trimmed after printing.

To have bleed on a document means that the printed design is intending to extend to one or more of the edges of the document. Bleed is typically required to extend 2mm or more past the crop marks.

Read more about crop marks and bleed in our blog titled: what are crop marks and bleed?

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the difference between coated and uncoated paper stock

When you are starting a print project it’s important to know the type of paper that you would like to use. When choosing a paper you should consider the coating, if any, as it will ultimately determine the final look and feel of your printed piece.

But what’s the difference between coated and uncoated paper stock?

During manufacturing, all paper starts out uncoated.

Uncoated paper stock is quite absorbent due to its porous surface and will therefore soak up more ink. Quite often referred to as bond paper, this type of paper is often used for printed materials that need to be written on – student workbooks, letterhead, envelopes and so on. It also offers a more ‘natural’, ‘earthy’ or ‘organic’ look for your printed piece. Due to the ink absorbed more into the paper compared to coated stocks, the colours will look different.

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what is spot colour?

Spot Colours are picked using the PMS (Pantone Matching System). Compared to CMYK, Spot Colour blends inks during the print process and then transfers solid fields of the pre-mixed ink directly onto the page. Colours are reliably consistent from print run to print run due to this process. Spot Colour can only typically be used for print pieces with 1 – 3 colours only.
Read more about the distinction between RGB, Spot Colour and CMYK in our blog titled: rgb,cmyk and spot colours.

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